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Memories of Kirkcaldy
I often remember walking past here on the way to visit my Auntie & Uncle Liz & Wull Marshall, they were actually my Dad's Uncle & Auntie. We lived up at the Hallows in Gallatown. I was born in 1947 and we moved to Australia in 1962. I am pretty sure there was a mad old woman that lived there and someone told me she was related (never found out). I had a paper run in Dysart and it was pretty spooky in the dark. I absolutely loved Dysart andhope to get back there soon for a holiday. Most of my relatives including Dad worked at the Dubbie. Billy Allan 42 High St, Charters Towers, Qld, Australia. 4820.
I remember once after being warned by Mum & Dad not to climb up the rocks the the castle, but my mates talked me into it. Just got up near the top when there was a shout and a couple of Bobbies headed towards us. Off we went down the rocks, managed to get to the beach and up the steps to Ravenscraig Park and got away. Never went up there again mind.
Though I have no personal memories of the Victoria Works I would be interested to hear of any recollections of the ROC based there. The Observation Post can still be seen abve the roof and its survival is probably unique in Fife.
Panny Den, Path Head School
I remember with great memories playing in the panny den, lived next to it in Wright Place. Also attended Pathhead school. Left for America in 1954.
Hi, we used to play at Ravenscraig every day as well, down the sands, the dungeons used to scare me when we looked through the slit windows, but when we got older and braver, and ventured down the in the dark (there was always a gang of us) we found it wasn't too bad. I also learned to swim in the rock pools in front of the castle, the one we called the Poddly, the biggest of the three, every day, summer and winter. Great times. I was born in Overton Road, 1933, just below Annie Cousin's shop. Our next best place was the Panny Den, just a small wood, although it didn't look small then, and there was a burn running right through it to the Panny Pond, where we fished for thousands of minnows, they were really great times.
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"...I used to play in the castle and what we thought were dungeons in the middle to late 1950s. It was our playground for many years. We went to the beach nearly every day summer or winter..."
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However, my best remembered memory was when I was seven or eight, playing in the rock pools below the castle (filled in with sand now) and I fell in. I could not swim. It was autumn and the beach was deserted, but two men from Dysart, walking in Ravenscraig Park, heard me shouting for help and rushed down the steps and along the beach, but I was gone by the time they reached the rocks. The rock was covered in green slime and one man slipped in, as I had. While in the water he touched me. He grabbed a hold of me and his friend pulled the both of us out.
I remember to this day that my thought was, 'I will never play... Read more
Kirkcaldy Castle Near The Beach.
I used to play in the castle and what we thought were dungeons in the middle to late 1950s. It was our playground for many years. We went to the beach nearly every day summer or winter. Loved the place to bits. My sister and younger brothers found the place magical and facsinating, even though it was in ruins it was magical to us.
I grew up in Kirkcaldy and this castle and its grounds was a great mass of interesting places to hide, climb and explore. It was in effect our playground between the years of 1984 through to 1988. Even the local high school (Viewforth) used the park grounds to the left of the castle and still does for cross country.